A couple of significant changes are taking place in the Madison County government complex as 2015 begins. There will be a new magistrate judge for the first time in many years, as well as a new tax commissioner.
David Patton is a lifelong resident of Madison County and a familiar face in law enforcement, having worked for the sheriff’s department for many years.
But on Jan. 2, he will assume a new role replacing long-time magistrate judge Harry Rice, who is retiring.
Patton won his bid for the office during the May Republican primary and has been preparing himself for the job ever since.
“I am a lot more comfortable with it than I was in the beginning,” Patton said, adding that this is due in part to the competent, professional and experienced staff who will stay on to work for him.
His office staff includes the familiar faces of Pepper Jones, Kelly Caldwell and Misty Geiger, who he commends for being good at what they do.
Patton says he knows he has big shoes to fill and is anxious to get started.
“I hope I can do a good job people, because that is what it’s all about, serving the people,” he said. “I am grateful for the support I’ve received and hope to be magistrate for many years.”
Patton and wife, Kim, live in Colbert and have two children, Jennifer and DJ (David Jr.).
Patton graduated (as part of a dual enrollment) from Madison County High School and from Athens Technical College in 1983.
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